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Re: Speed Demon Track - Blue Boards

 by tedmeyers ¦  Thu May 03, 2018 2:44 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Speed Demon Track - Blue Boards ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 897

I had a 1/10 scale Exceed there last year. It was able to push the barrels about 6 inches, with a running start. The only thing I've seen that was able to plow through the barrels was Jesse's 1/5 scale. It is big and heavy! And he used this technique to win last year. Not a bad strategy really, but ...

Re: Speed Demon Track - Blue Boards

 by tedmeyers ¦  Wed May 02, 2018 12:53 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Speed Demon Track - Blue Boards ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 897

If it is the same as last year; it was about 4 ft wide and 8 ft long (4 ft to center line). About 18 inches high, maybe. Basically it was a sheet of plywood forming two ramps to the center with randomly cut chunks of 2x4 screwed onto it in random locatiions at random angles (and fairly densely popul...

Re: 2018 AVC Dates

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:10 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: 2018 AVC Dates ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1879

Yes, it would really help us builders to know the date and what sort of contest to expect as soon as possible (and even some confirmation that there will even be an AVC this year). I think we would get much better and more successful entries if we knew all that sooner (hint, hint)! From what I found...

Re: Wurth Electronics USB thing

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:33 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Wurth Electronics USB thing ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 948

I have no idea either, but I did find a Wurth web-page that seemed to be the same dongle and described it as some sort of RF testing rig. Maybe for testing for RF noise or interference or something. I don't remember exactly it was a few weeks ago that I looked it up.

Re: 2017 AVC Review

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:08 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: 2017 AVC Review ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 977

Hey, I'd be interested in coming and sharing. When and where will you be meeting? Sorry, I didn't find that info on your meetup page.

Ted (AsterRisky)

Re: Winner's Point Break Down

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:59 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Winner's Point Break Down ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 997

Interesting that your bot didn't make the hoop; I wasn't in a good position to see, but I thought it did. That means I'm off by about 28 points with the times that you gave. Interesting, but close enough, I suppose.

Re: Winner's Point Break Down

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:03 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Winner's Point Break Down ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 997

Since no one else has answered... JRover Maxx completed 2 runs (for each run): 300 pts (minus time ~40 sec) + 150 (no-gps bonus) + 20 pts (check points) + 10 pts (barrels) + 20 pts? (hoop) + 20 pts (pedestrian) ~= 480 pts 480 * 2 runs = 960 plus maybe 1 checkpoint for the 3rd run = 965 (actual score...

Re: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:03 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 3685

The Stop/Go light is just for Logistics, right? I'm interested because I'm entered in the Car Wars event, and it was using the same start signal as Logistics (A 2 foot red/green circle). Its just that I've spent some considerable effort getting a reliable system working. But, it does seem like a lig...

Re: Contest idea - TAG

 by tedmeyers ¦  Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:22 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Contest idea - TAG ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 980

Interesting. What might work better is that if the two bots started at opposite ends of the course; the winner is the bot that catches up with the other first, or is closer after some time limit (so that it doesn't go on forever), or closer after both bots are disabled (it happens). That way the don...

Track construction

 by tedmeyers ¦  Mon May 15, 2017 7:57 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Track construction ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1471

It looks like the track will be constructed out of hay bales? Or are they really straw bales? There is a subtle difference between hay and straw -- hay being grass is greener, and straw is well, straw colored.

Will the bales be one layer high (18")?

Course Practice Day

 by tedmeyers ¦  Fri May 12, 2017 8:57 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Course Practice Day ¦  Replies: 0 ¦  Views: 936

Is the Friday practice time going to have separate scheduled times for the three different contests? I'm suspecting so, as the 3 events are very different, and it would be awkward for all 3 to share the course at the same time.

Looking forward to all 3 days in October!

Re: Autonomous car wars

 by tedmeyers ¦  Wed May 03, 2017 10:40 am ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Autonomous car wars ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1400

Maybe the 100 pounds doesn't include batteries? A couple of lead-acid batteries would use up a good portion of that limit.

And don't even think about an off the shelf steel go-kart frame.

Re: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread

 by tedmeyers ¦  Tue May 02, 2017 4:15 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 3685

Left one thing out: "Four ¼”-20 bolts will be inserted radially into each ring. This will allow a
ferrous surface for picking up the rings using magnets"

So a little heavier, and MAGNETIC! (well, at least attracted to magnets)

Re: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread

 by tedmeyers ¦  Tue May 02, 2017 4:09 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: The Official 2017 AVC Logistics Class Thread ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 3685

From the rule book: "Each ring will be a 52 inch pool noodle bent and connected to itself to
form a torus with a diameter of about 16.5 inches"

In my experience, pool noodles weigh almost nothing, I would guess that 4 feet of noodle weighs a few ounces.

Re: Autonomous Car Wars

 by tedmeyers ¦  Tue May 02, 2017 2:31 pm ¦  Forum: AVC ¦  Topic: Autonomous Car Wars ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1597

Thanks, that helps. A little more on the starting signal: my concern is that with the outdoor environment, getting a super reliable starting algorithm may be difficult. I'm thinking that I will initially have the sensitivity dialed down and gradually increase it over time until I get a positive. Hen...